This is a summary of 21 AMN articles on the following subjects: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria, Mediterranean, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Diab, Ansarallah, Yemen, Iran, IRGC, Latakia, China, Taiwan, Deir_Ezzor, Beirut, Iraq, Idlib, Libya, Sirte, US.

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Russian air defenses intercepted enemy drones near largest base in Syria

Published 2020-08-10 21:06:52 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian air defenses intercepted a number of enemy drones near their largest base inside Syria on Monday. According to local reports, the Russian air defenses intercepted at least three enemy drones that were attempting to approach the Hmeimim Airbase. The drones were said to have been launched from the Latakia-Idlib administrative border in northwestern Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on these claims; however, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and several local reporters have issued the same reports. If true, this would mark the second time since July that… Read on ->

Tags: Hmeimim, Russia, Syria

Turkey warns they have ‘capabilities to defeat alliance of evil’ in Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-10 20:46:37 by News Desk in Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday that said, “those who act in the sense of ‘I am the only owner of the Mediterranean’ will be disappointed.” The ministry continued in its statement that “Greece has shown, through the maritime border demarcation agreement it concluded with Egypt, that it is not sincere about the issue of dialogue with us.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry then said that “Ankara has the ability and capabilities to defeat the alliance of evil formed against it in the Mediterranean.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement came as the first… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, Turkey

Turkey defies Greece’s warnings and begins eastern Mediterranean mission: video

Published 2020-08-10 18:01:52 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Fatih Donmez, announced the arrival of the Turkish research vessel “Uruj Chief” to the eastern Mediterranean, in order to resume exploration activities in that region. Donmez tweeted on Monday, that work will continue without stopping to achieve independence (Turkey) in the field of energy. The minister said, “The Turkish research vessel, Uruj Chief, has arrived in its region in the Mediterranean to continue its new work.” The Turkish ship had earlier sailed from the state of Antalya (southwest) to off the island of Cyprus, to resume oil… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Lebanese government has resigned

Published 2020-08-10 17:39:53 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Minister of Health Hamad Hassan announced after leaving the government session that the government of President Hassan Diab had resigned, pointing out that the people knew the perpetrators of the crime of the port explosion. He added that “the resignation is not an evasion of responsibility.” According to a government source, the official announcement for the resignation is coming shortly. The resignation of the government comes just hours after the Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni announced that he was stepping down from his position. Wazni was a major negotiator with the International Monetary Fund… Read on ->

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Tags: Lebanon

Russian Su-27 scrambled to ‘overtake’ US aircraft over Black Sea

Published 2020-08-10 17:28:13 by News Desk in World-News

Russian fighter jet Su-27 was scrambled again to overtake US stealth planes over the Black Sea, forcing them to turn away from the Russian border, the national centre for the defence control said Monday. “On August 10, 2020, Russian air control systems discovered two airborne targets in neutral airspace over the Black Sea approaching the Russian border. To overtake the targets, Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled,” the centre said in a statement, as reported by Sputnik. According to the defence centre, the two planes were a Boeing RC-135 and a Boeing P-8A Poseidon. The Russian Air Force has not intercepted… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Israel will prevent Iran from ‘opening terrorist front in Syria’: Gantz

Published 2020-08-10 16:23:04 by News Desk in Iran, Middleeast, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned of “dangerous repercussions for any new war between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah,” stressing that Israel “will not hesitate to fight another battle in Lebanon if it is imposed on it.” During a session of the Israeli Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, Gantz said, as quoted by the Israeli Broadcasting Company (Makan), “The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, is a calamity for Lebanon, as we noted during the recent bombing at the Beirut port,” adding that “if we have no choice but to fight, this may… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon, Syria

Greece warns Turkey of readiness to ‘defend its sovereign rights’

Published 2020-08-10 15:58:23 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Greek Foreign Ministry announced that Athens urged Turkey on Monday, to stop illegal actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and that these activities are provocative and undermine peace and security in the region. The Greek Foreign Ministry statement said in a statement reported by Reuters: “Greece will not accept blackmail. We will defend its sovereign rights.” On Monday, the Turkish Navy issued a navigational notification saying that the Turkish vessel “Uruj Chief” will conduct seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean during the next two weeks. Reuters reported that this step is likely to renew tension… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Key minister announces resignation from Lebanese government

Published 2020-08-10 15:41:53 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Lebanese Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni resigned from the government on Monday, marking the fourth resignation in the last 48 hours from this government that was formed earlier this year. Wazni was a key negotiator with the International Monetary Fund over a rescue plan to aid Lebanon; his resignation will likely lead to the collapse of the government. Earlier in the day, Minister of Justice, Marie-Claude Najim, submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab. The resignation of the Minister of Finance is the fourth of its kind in the Diab government, as the Minister of… Read on ->

Tags: Diab, Lebanon

Ansarallah forces close in on strategic district in central Yemen

Published 2020-08-10 15:19:45 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Ansarallah forces scored a new advance in the Al-Bayda Governorate this week, after a fierce battle with the government-aligned Yemeni Armed Forces. According to reports from the Al-Bayda Governorate on Monday, the Ansarallah forces managed to advance northeast towards the administrative border of Marib, seizing a number of sites in the process. Among the areas captured by the Ansarallah forces was the small villages Al-Shari’ah and Al-Zahra’a, along with the Al-Alib Mountain. The Ansarallah forces are currently working to establish full control over the Marib Governorate’s southern border with Al-Bayda. At the same time,… Read on ->

Tags: Ansarallah, Yemen

Iran’s IRGC sunk mock US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf: photo

Published 2020-08-10 14:32:30 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) conducted a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf in late July, as they showcased their naval capabilities and new weapons. During the exercises, the IRGC was seen attacking a mock U.S. aircraft carrier that was positioned near the Strait of Hormuz. It was expected that Iran would not fully destroy this replica of the U.S.S. Nimitz, as they would use it for future military drills; however, as shown in the photo below, the aircraft carrier is submerged in the Persian Gulf. As pointed out by South Front,… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, IRGC

Syrian Army attacks northern Latakia region after Turkey establishes new post

Published 2020-08-10 14:03:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has renewed its attack on the jihadist defenses in northern Latakia this week, despite the recent arrival of Turkish military reinforcements to the Jabal Al-Akrad region. According to the latest field report from Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army, alongside the Republic Guard, launched several missiles towards the positions of the jihadist rebels in the Al-Haddadah area. The Syrian Arab Army reportedly used its domestically-made Golan-1000 missiles, which have been deployed to this region of Latakia for over a year. Over the weekend, the Turkish military reportedly established a new observation… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria, Turkey

Turkey intends to conduct exploration mission despite Greece’s warnings

Published 2020-08-10 13:30:40 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Turkish Navy issued a shipping notification saying that the Turkish vessel “Urug Chief” will conduct seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean during the next two weeks. The move is likely to renew tension with Greece, which is also a member of NATO and currently at odds with Ankara over the maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean. The countries are at odds over the overlapping claims of oil and gas resources in the Mediterranean region. A similar notification last month sparked a row between the two sides, which was defused after the intervention of German… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Newly upgraded Russian Ka-52 ‘Crocodile’ helicopter makes first flight

Published 2020-08-10 13:16:57 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 p.m.) – The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Monday that the modernized version of the reconnaissance and attack helicopter “Ka-52M” made its first flight. The helicopter is equipped with an improved optical electronic system with a longer range to detect and recognize targets, and a new digital engine, which will improve the accuracy of aiming when fired from the cannon. The updated Ka-52 will also be fitted with a new active phased radar system and a longer range guided missile. The rotating blades are equipped with a more powerful heating element, which will allow… Read on ->

Tags: Russia

Taiwanese Air Force ‘drove out’ Chinese warplanes from airspace: MoD

Published 2020-08-10 13:00:05 by News Desk in World-News

The incident took place the day after US Health Secretary Alex Azar arrived on the island. Azar has become the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan since the United States cut official ties with the island in 1979. Taiwan’s Air Force has warded off several Chinese fighter jets that briefly entered the island’s airspace on Monday morning, the Taiwanese defence ministry reports. According to the department, the PLA fighters were tracked by land-based anti-aircraft missiles and briefly crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and mainland China. Beijing has yet to comment on the incident, which… Read on ->

Tags: China, Taiwan

Syrian tribe forms army to fight ‘SDF gangs and US occupation’

Published 2020-08-10 12:01:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – On Sunday, the Al-Akidat Tribe in Syria announced the establishment of the (Al-Akidat Army) and immediately began operations against the U.S. Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the Euphrates. During a meeting in the city of Deir Ezzor, the sheikhs and notables of the Al-Akidat Tribe stressed the need to unify the positions regarding what is happening in the Syrian Jazeera region (east of the Euphrates) after the attacks carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces, with help from the Coalition. In a statement obtained by Sputnik, the sheikhs and notables of the… Read on ->

Tags: Deir_Ezzor, Syria

Lebanese Army comments on rumors of tunnels under Beirut Port

Published 2020-08-10 11:45:46 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Lebanese Army issued a statement on Sunday, about reports that alleged tunnels belonging to a Lebanese organization were found under the site of the devastating explosion that rocked the port of the capital, Beirut, last Tuesday. In the statement posted on its Facebook page, the Lebanese Army stated that its command “charges that it categorically denies” the validity of these allegations, which were circulated by some media outlets and social networking sites. The Lebanese Army Command stated that the waste in the Beirut Port includes an underground building to manage it, where access to… Read on ->

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Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Iraqi Prime Minister urges Christians to return to Iraq

Published 2020-08-10 11:33:25 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – On Sunday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, called for the return of Iraqi Christian immigrants to their country, especially after the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh). Al-Kazemi received on Sunday, Patriarch Saint Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, and a number of bishops in Baghdad. Al-Kazemi said, according to a government statement, that “Iraq is the country for  everyone, and that Christians are the original children of the country, and there is no difference between the people of the same country, as everyone is a partner in building the future of… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Russian drones guide Syrian Army strikes in southern Idlib

Published 2020-08-10 11:19:57 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their attacks in southern Idlib on Monday, as their artillery and missile units heavily targeted the positions of the jihadist rebels in Jabal Al-Zawiya. According to local reports, the Syrian Army, with help from Russian reconnaissance drones, launched a number of artillery shells and missiles towards the jihadist defenses around the town of Al-Bara’a, which is located along the front-lines. In the past few weeks, the Russian Air Force’s reconnaissance drones have increased their flights over the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; this has coincided with the Syrian… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Libyan Army allegedly launches new attack on Turkish-supplied air defenses

Published 2020-08-10 10:42:14 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) allegedly launched a series of airstrikes over the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces positions on Monday. According to LNA activists and media, the army’s air force targeted a Turkish-supplied air defense platform, radar, and jamming tower at the Al-Sadada Castle and Bridge. The LNA’s air force reportedly destroyed the air defense platform, radar, and jamming tower after hitting the area earlier this morning. Libya 24 TV confirmed the airstrikes on Al-Sadada, pointing out that the LNA’s air force targeted the 14th Gate in this area that is located west… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Sirte

Greek Army on high alert over Turkey’s military movements in Mediterranean

Published 2020-08-10 09:47:28 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Greek Army put its forces at high alert, pending military exercises that Turkey is planning to hold in an area between the islands of Rhodes and Kastelorizo ​​in the eastern Mediterranean. According to the Army Voice website, on Sunday evening, that the Greek Army command had canceled permits for soldiers in almost all units; instead, they were ordered to remain on their highest level of alert. The site stated that the mobilization of the Turkish naval forces immediately called for a similar step by the Greek Army, indicating that the army leadership… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

Russian fighter jet intercepts US aircraft near border

Published 2020-08-10 09:28:41 by News Desk in World-News

A Russian Su-27 fighter jet of the Southern Military District took off on Sunday to intercept a US Navy radio-technical reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, the Russian National Defense Management Center said. “On August 9, Russian airspace control systems detected an air target over the neutral waters of the Black Sea approaching the Russian state border. The Su-27 fighter jet […] of the Southern Military District was scrambled to intercept the target,” the statement said. The crew of the Russian fighter jet approached the target and identified it as the US Navy EP-3E Aries radio reconnaissance aircraft. After the… Read on ->

Tags: Russia, US

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